Dementia

5. Planning for the future

Knowing what to expect can help everyone to prepare.

For details about symptoms in the later stages, tips to help minimise discomfort and distress, health risks, treatment and care, see:

Advance statements and Power of Attorney

The individual’s quality of end of life can be enhanced if their values, wishes and preferences are known to those involved in their care. This is called an advance statement.

In addition to making an advance decision to refuse treatment, the person with dementia may also wish to consider putting in place a lasting power of attorney. This appoints someone to make decisions about their treatment and care on their behalf when they lack the mental capacity to do this for themselves.

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